Nia Long On Pushing 50: “Less Is More”

Since as long as I can remember, Nia Long’s skin always seems to have this effortless glow. Since her role as “Debbie” in Friday, or her role as “Brandi” in Boyz N The Hood, or as Lisa Wilkes on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air to her role as “Jordan” in The Best Man movies and beyond, Nia has always had this “beautiful girl next door” look.

But, she would be to be the first to admit, it’s not just about her outlook on life, she also has a routine to keep her skin looking flawless. Now, at 49, she shares a few of her secrets:

Her Beauty Philosophy
“I think natural is better. That’s not to say that I don’t like nice things when it comes to looking and feeling good but I do think that natural-based products work best for my skin. I was raised a vegetarian and have always eaten pretty healthy. When you feel good on the inside, you feel good on the outside too—I’m all about a full mind, body, soul and wellness connection.”

Her Anti-Aging Philosophy
“I’m not against anything that makes you feel and look good but I do believe that you should only do what’s needed. I haven’t done Botox or fillers yet but for me, right now, I don’t feel that it is necessary.”

“Like a lot of African American women, my skin gets really dry. I have to stay really hydrated otherwise all those little fine lines and wrinkles really start to show. I like to use hydrating oils (lavender and rose are my favorites) because they soak into my skin, don’t clog my pores or make my skin feel heavy. My skin tends to freckle and discolor a lot and I’ve noticed this happening more since having my children. I try to be diligent about using sunscreen, but it’s hard to find one that doesn’t make me break out.”

Her Secret to Great Skin
“Facials! I have been going to Olympic Spa, a day spa, in Los Angeles for 17 years. My aesthetician there does this massage on my…